Once The Finest Striker In Europe

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Martin Chivers was born to score goals. In his heyday with Tottenham Hotspur and England in the late sixties and early seventies he was considered by many to be the finest striker in Europe. This is his story.

In Big Chiv (the affectionate nickname he earned from the Spurs fans who idolised him), Chivers tells the story of a life driven by his abiding passion, the need to score goals. For Southampton as a teenage striking sensation, for Spurs, for England and later for Servette in Switzerland, Norwich, Brighton and Vard FC in Norway.

It is a candid and revealing insight into the life of a footballer in a golden era of the game, and inside the mind of one of football’s great strikers. More than that, it is a fascinating journey back in time that re-opens the dressing room door on the great Spurs team of the 1970s, the wonderful characters and their exploits on and off the pitch.

A key theme of the Big Chiv is a fascinating examination of Chivers’s turbulent relationship with legendary Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson.

Immensely powerful yet somehow graceful at he same time with immaculate touch and control, Martin Chivers was a magnificent footballer and this – his long-awaited autobiography – is a book to match.

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